TheBattalion.tv Firefighter Series - Fire, EMS, Rescue, Training
The Cortez Fire Protection District in Colorado is like most departments, all about training. In this webisode, you will see a young woman currently working as a volunteer firefighter as she attends a training class and late afternoon gets some time on the nozzle at a controlled burn that went out of control, pretty usual in Cortez. Both the Chief and the Assistant Chief have been working on grants to get not only new gear, but a new Station. This show features some training and the testing of a new portable pump from Waterax as they test drafting techniques on a lake just outside of town.
Battalion Chief Bob Serrano has been in the department so long that no one really knows his real age, and he does not want to leave the fire service. We start this 24 with the Engine 9's crew and firefighter Annie Hoddinnot behind the wheel. We then ride with Rescue to a "smoke showing" call. Upon arrival we find Battalion Chief Serrano as IC. We see him in Command on a "Food on the Stove" call. In San Francisco, food on the stove has burnt an entire block.
Harrisburg Bureau of Fire series continues with a two story structure fire. We arrive on scene with what the call, "Recall" since they only have 14 firefighters staffed, a structure fire brings out mutual aid with surrounding departments and Harrisburg firefighters off-duty are called in, we ride with Recall. In this possible Arson fire, a young boys favorite toy is burnt to a crisp and the firefighters find him a replacement, a real act of kindness.
Division Chief Cardinal and the SFFD Strike Team arrive in Los Angeles. They get deployed to an area with fire and smoke and us their small hose line to combat these fires. With such a small amount of water in their tank, and not much water tender or drafting from ponds, they have to also rely on the helicopters. We see them get their water and make the drops – we're with them in the thick of it. We are in San Francisco when they return safely home.
Station 9, we meet the crew from Engine 9 with Captain Karey Wedemeyer on the "B" shift. The morning starts off with them getting new SCBAs, then, they catch a EMS run or two. Back at the Station, since it's the Captain's Birthday, everyone, including the cameraman, have to workout to one of Karey's workout DVD's, this should be fun. Late afternoon, a call comes in with a Cat stuck in a wall at an apartment complex, you'll find the the Captain is quite the animal lover, she actually works for a Pit Bull shelter in Fresno. 4:00AM, a call comes in, it's a structure fire.
H2 Firefighter and Rescue Professional James Draper talks about "Being on the job." Morning meeting with the Team, We ride with Rescue 2 to a school where the demonstrate is what to do when the Fire Emergency Bell goes off. Then, a medical and later in the afternoon, a small structure fire. In San Francisco, an small tool shed can burn up a block, these homes are inches apart and very old wood, no fire block; need we say more?
B.C. Serrano at Division- a call comes in, it's a structure fire, we arrive on scene- it's an auto on fire in the open carport under an apartment building, this can be very dangerous in any city, the battalion is on scene. Back at the station, then, Rescue 2 responds to a call. Back at the station we experience one of the huge dangers at fire stations across america; but this is changing. Fuel Pumps close enough that all the fumes rise through the building, a building where men and women sleep upstairs; you all know what's happening here.
At Station 9 we continue this night with smoke showing at a school we ride with Battalion Chief Sorrano, next up, we ride with the crew from Engine 9 to a vehicle accident on the 101, The next morning, we are back at Station 11 riding with Truck 11, an alarm has gone off at at school. Next up, it's a call with the crew on the engine and these are the Medical EMS Calls that can kill a first responder. Its now madatory to wear gloves, but it should be MANADATORY TO WEAR GOGGLES as we see why, the Pathogens that can kill a 1st Responder.
Ground breaking a new station, riding EMS calls, catch a fire
New Station, Meet a PIO, Volunteer Chief and his Antique Engine, catch-a-fire